Forest Guide - Nature Mentoring

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If you are coming from out of town and would like to camp at our campus during your weekend class, this is available for an additional $10 per night, per tent. Please choose this option during enrollment. Bathrooms and showers are on-site.  

Please contact us to be notified when dates are announced for this class.

Join us in the fresh air for a weekend of inspiration, challenges, and fun in this introductory Forest Guide Nature Mentoring Course. Participants will learn how to utilize natural human learning cycles as the map, and inspiration as fuel, to create magical experiences in nature. Our natural mentoring model is based on the 8 shields mentoring model that was initially developed by Jon Young of the 8 shields institute and utilizes a combination of child’s passions, indigenous “invisible school” teaching, and more, to help children and adults learn with excitement and ease. The kids who have attended our programs over the last decade love it and so will you!


The Forest Guide model is an educational style with roots in various ancient cultures, adapted to fit modern constructs. In this model, an environment is created where learning happens naturally, for both teacher and student. It teaches us to deepen learning relationships, cultivate curiosity and courage, and have lots of fun! Its foundation is set in authenticity, natural learning cycles and instinctual natural interests. The end goal is to gracefully construct experiences for your students where real connection and learning happen, resulting in lasting memories and the growth of whole human beings. 

In this course we will cover:

  • Use of the 8 shields mentoring model developed by Jon Young 

  • Utilization of natural child's passions to enhance learning 

  • Core Routines for increased nature connection

  • The art of questioning

  • Using gratitude to connect more deeply with the world around us 

  • Peacemaker Principles 

  • And more!

Dates: TBA

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Cost: $195

Location: Earth Native Campus, 137 Woodview Lane, Bastrop, TX

Ages: This is an adult class.